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Old 08-20-2016, 10:18 AM   #757
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I am tempted to get one of the recharge kits available in most auto part stores, just to see if it stops the grumbling!
You could try that if nothing else just to see if being low R134a is the problem.

I'm guessing you're back in the UK?
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You could try that if nothing else just to see if being low R134a is the problem.

I'm guessing you're back in the UK?
Yep, got the late overnight flight from JFK to LHR.

Worst part of the overnight flight is we live about 120 miles/2 hours drive from LHR so the combination of flight + then drive means I am pretty useless for the rest of the day!
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Well I am working in the US for next 3 weeks so I decided to fly over a couple of days early and picked up Bella from the storage facility in NJ, the plan being to head for one of the end of season rallies of the NEU of WBCCI actually being held about 3miles from where I used to live on the South Shore of Boston.

Bella is always a pig to start if she has been left, and this was 4 weeks since last started. Well after churning on the starter for what seemed an age, checking the carb and finding no fuel, I was just about to resort to a can of Easy Start, when she fired into life. Once running she runs absolutely fine but it was time to bite the bullet.

So I drove up to north east NJ and have dropped Bella off a the shop Joseph Migliore (JM2) uses for his 20ft MH. They are installing the Cartel P4070 rotary vane electric pump, which I had already purchased based on Brad's recommendation.

I had intended doing it myself, but glad I changed my mind....Bella has been in the shop all day, the install is finished and the shop 'hopes' to get it done by tomorrow so I can head for Boston!
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Old 09-22-2016, 05:48 PM   #761
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Martin, how'd the fuel pump install go?

Anytime I suspect the engine is going to take a long time to fire I will usually pour a little gas down the carburetor to get it to start quicker. Cranking on it for long periods just to get it to start just puts more wear and tear on the starter. The last thing I want to do is replace a starter cause it's worn out!

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Joseph just gave a lift to pick her up Brad,, seems to work well, started straight up and ran fine on the way back from the shop.

Doing about 250miles tomorrow back up to Boston so will know better then.

I had the shop follow your circuit diagram - live on ignition via a relay. 6 hours labor, plus about $150 in parts including the pump.

Fingers crossed!
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Six hours may seem a bit long but chasing down and routing wires can be time consuming.

Enjoy your trip
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They did a good job of the installation and wiring so I'm not unhappy....

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Martin, looks good.

Now you need to get the idle adjust solenoid installed
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Definitely need it! Idle is good when AC is running adding load, but is too fast when everything is off.

However, and this seems too good to be true, I have go into the habit of topping off the tank every 180-220 miles just because that is when the backwards reading gauge is above full and I have no idea of what is in the tank. Typically this takes 17-21 gallons at a rate of around 11mpg. So today was the first 180mile top-up post the new electric fuel pump and the GearVendor......180miles on......12 gallons for 15mpg. Admittedly that is just about all highway driving at 60-65 but I hope it is the new norm!
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It might be to good to be true but I bet it is

That gives me high hopes for the overdrive gear in the 4L80e I'm installing!
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500 miles this weekend and apart from some new rattles and creaks Bella seems to be holding here own.

Starting Friday night with a quick trip up to Food Truck Paradise.





New England's version of the PCH.



Then on up to Wompatuk State Park, where the foliage is already falling





Then today a quick stop at Hingham beach, where the winter storm fencing is already erected.



This marks the start of 4/5 weeks chasing the Fall Foliage down the east coast.
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"Food Truck Paradise"!!!! Im in. That looks like a great time Martin.
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500 miles this weekend and apart from some new rattles and creaks Bella seems to be holding her own.
Were you referring to Bella or yourself

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This marks the start of 4/5 weeks chasing the Fall Foliage down the east coast.
Sounds more like being a storm chaser to me, should be fun though.
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